New Opportunities for Guitar Students: An Interview with Bill Swick

    This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) Guitar Ensemble will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Bill Swick currently teaches guitar for the twelve-time GRAMMY award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and is the guitar task force chair for Clark County School District in Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school public school district. Swick will lead the 2019 ANHE Guitar Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He has been on the guitar faculty at Drake University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and now is in his twentieth year teaching public school. Here, he discusses the growth in guitar ensembles, the new experience of conducting a guitar ensemble, and offers advice for guitar students looking to improve their performance.

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